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Marcels

This Pittsburgh ensemble deserved a much better fate than being known primarily for a novelty-tinged cover of "Blue Moon." Baritone vocalist Richard F. Knauss teamed with Fred Johnson, Gene J. Bricker, Ron Mundy, and lead vocalist Cornelius Harp to form an integrated ensemble. They named themselves after Harp's hairstyle, the marcel. The group did a string of covers as demo tapes that were sent to Colpix. The label's A&R director had them cut several oldies at RCA's New York studios in 1961, one of them being "Blue Moon." They used the bass intro arrangement from the Cadillacs' "Zoom" and the result was a huge hit. It eventually topped both the pop and R&B charts, and also was an international smash. The group eventually appeared in the film Twist Around the Clock with Dion and Chubby Checker, and recorded an 18-cut LP for Colpix. Alan Johnson and Walt Maddox later replaced Knauss and Gene Bricker, making the Marcels an all-black unit. The group did score another Top Ten pop single with "Heartaches," another cover of a pre-rock single. This peaked at number seven pop and number 19 R&B in 1961. They continued recording on Kyra, Queen Bee, St. Clair, Rocky, and Monogram with varying lineups, but never again equaled their past success. ~ Ron Wynn
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I wish doses days were here again
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I like this sog
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Look out for the blue moon, and also for the werewolves at night. Sweet dreams.��
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Every time I hear this, I think of America werefolf in London.��
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Dip de dip de dip indeed!
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Every time I here this I see ,y patents danceing


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1591425100
I love these guys. I grew up in the late 50's and '60s . I miss the kissing at the drive ins.
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Shirl I always see you posting coments on oldies songs ps you have pretty good taste
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im 12 and I love this song :3
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Love this song.
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My jam :)
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rec849
Un
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This is so cool this is my jam
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This song jams
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American Werewolf in London
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scrapbooksfo r 4
Eh.
I guess I like it.
They could do better.
So yeah.
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I'm 84 in the year 3651 and I love this music.
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Never gets old....
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Detroit too:)..
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Nobody cares what age that your 12 are and that your listening to this music! Ok!?
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Yeah, you can also get the same result by sucking dick. Any dick.
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junedebra
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will b
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They could really sing. We need to get back to our roots!
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a great Pittsburgh group...lots of great doo wop came out of the Burgh
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Only 17 years old and i love this song and music.
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Nothing beats the classics
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Love this song all oldies song are way way better than what song they put on the radio these days!!!!!!
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Love this music in my 1963 impala although im only 26
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I'M 21 ND LOVE THIS MUSIC... NOTHING LIKE THE KIND OF CRAP WE GOT NOW ND DAYS..OLDIES WILL NEVER B FORGOTTEN.:- )
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Is Truly name really Trudy from Greensburg,P a . If so this Jim Kelley from Greensburg! Please answer.
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I remember mi juaritos chi.... y salon el fiesta
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I'm 27 and this music never gets old....
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tlabounty55
I Feel Like I'm the only 17 year old who listens to this kind of music
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@ Jordan nope 14 year old greaser here ^.^ I'm wif u
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I feel like I'm the only 14 year old that likes this music
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sam cook sings the heck out of blue moon
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kenellis007
Would someone please bring back DooWop? Cut my baby teeth listening to the 50's songs. Now 66, but still doowoping.
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reyn9655
Oldies, Crown & a good cigar...pric e l e s s !
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What a trip to hear all the songs I love on one album. Cool!
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DANG A DONG DING
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One of the GREATEST GROUPS EVER!
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clmorris8
David cwd......I remember only too well Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, you guys were the best. I sang one time with the guy who was a Marcel, all I did was bomp a bomp bomp....etc. It was a blast......
Yep I'm a female.
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clmorris8
It most certainly was the original. I'm a Pittsburger and believe me, I know.
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Not the original version...
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Sorry Gail but Bowzer was not the Marcels bass. Fred Johnson was/is, Cornielus Harp nicknamed Bingo was lead singer. I know them.
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I am originally from Pittsburgh and Fred Johnson The Marcels bass was a friend of mine - I played guitar at a recording session for him - he had a great lead voice also. I still remember to this day all of the fun those days were. My group The Pharaohs had a local recording, but one of my biggest thrills was one night I was playing at a bar and Jimmy Beaumont lead with The Skyliners came in to hear ME! What a blast.
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takes ya back
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doo wop at its very best.wish for more about these artist.
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How can you not like Blue Moon?
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You can recognize Bowzer's voice anywhere!
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